Joe's Pub Philadelphia

A Partnership of Joe’s Pub and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


Nelida Karr and Elvis-Bob Ohia Bechiro
Anthony Martinez-Briggs with LaTasha Morris, Andrew Nittoli, and Jordan McRee
Jennifer Kidwell (with collaborators TBD)
Helga Davis and Michael Joseph McQuilken
Dane Terry and Ellie Heyman
Vuyo Sotashe with Chris Pattishall and Gabe Schnider

Joe’s Pub expands the reach of its artist driven programming, with an annual Philadelphia-based residency for musical storytellers. Led by Alex Knowlton, Director of Joe’s Pub, and Jay Wahl, Artistic Director of the Kimmel Center, Joe’s Pub Philadelphia is an incubator created to enrich works-in-progress through mentorship.  Artist-residents represent the breadth and diversity of the work performed on the Joe’s Pub stage, and are encouraged to produce work that resonates far beyond it. 

Ethan Lipton’s The Outer Space represents a wonderful example of the program’s success.  The New York Times Critic’s Pick was initially explored at Joe’s Pub Philadelphia in 2015.  In 2017 it was performed as part of The Public Theater’s season as a full production on the Joe’s Pub stage.

The 2019 cohort will focus on text, voice, music, and body, and how these elements are woven together into musical and theatrical storytelling.  Artists will be challenged to transcend their rehearsal limitations and plumb the depths of long-form narrative, with strategic guidance from Knowlton, Wahl, and Dael Orlandersmith (Mentor & Playwright in Residence), in addition to their mentor partners.  The residency will culminate in excerpt performances at the Kimmel Center that are free for the public to attend. 

These free performances will take place on June 28 and 29 at 7:30PM, in the SEI Innovation Studio at The Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. 


M’Balia Singley, Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes, Somi, Max Vernon, James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis, aka James & Jerome, and Sofia Tosello & Yuri Juarez

James & Jerome
Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes
Sofia and Yuri

Jo Lampert, Martha Redbone, Martha Stuckey, and Molly Pope                                      

Martha Redbone
Jo Lampert
Martha Stuckey
Molly Pope

Carol Lipnik, Dawn Landes, Theo Bleckmann, Courtnee Roze and Johnny Showcase

Carol Lipnik
Dawn Landes
Theo Bleckmann
Courtnee Roze
Johnny Showcase

Daniel Alexander Jones, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra, Jamie Leonhart and Dito Van Reigersberg

Daniel Alexander Jones
Ethan Lipton
Jamie Leonhart
Dito Von Reigersberg


Nelida Karr
Elvis-Bob Ohia Bechiro
Ill Doots
Jennifer Kidwell
Helga Davis
Michael Joseph McQuilken
Ellie Heyman
Dane Terry
Vuyo Sotashe
Chris Patishall
Gabe Schnider